The other day while I was pottering around on the internet I came across a great site that I had never seen before, one site where you can buy everything you might need when you are about to set off on your travels.

Girls’ Travel Club, as the name suggests, is aimed specifically at women but you’ll find many useful things on there too gents and there are plenty of wonderful gift ideas for the man or women in your life who loves travelling.

While I was in The Gambia, I took some of their lovely goodies with me to try them out for myself and they have kindly offered to give one of my readers a £20 voucher so you can try their products too.

Here’s what I thought of the products I tried…

Girls Travel Club

Lavender All-in-one Cleanser

Rather than take a zillion different bottles away with you now you can take one to wash your face, hair, body and even your smalls! The 60ml bottle was more than enough for my long weekend, even though I spilt some when I washed my hair as it is a little runnier than most shampoos. I was rather dubious about one product doing so many things but it really worked well. My hair was lovely and soft after washing it and didn’t object to me not using a conditioner for a few days. I was happy to use it as a cleanser for my face and it didn’t dry it out as soap can. It dissolved easily when I washed some undies with it and it even worked well as a bubble bath. It smelt great too!

Ultimate All-in-one Moisturiser

A blend of organic lavender and rose geranium this is said to instil a sense of tranquillity and well-being and can be used on your face, hands and body. I was happy using it on all three and the 60ml bottle lasted well beyond my trip. It was light and quickly absorbed with a delicate and pleasant aroma.

GTC Travel Balm

Now here’s a little gem! Use it for dry lips, noses, heels and elbows. It contains lanolin, sweet almond oil, shea butter, beeswax and olive oil – a wonderful mixture of natural softening, moisturising and healing ingredients.

GTC Soap

This is a lovely and creamy soap that, as with the cleanser, I was happy to use on my face.

All this came in a gift box with a natural cotton drawstring bag which was really handy to use to keep all my bits and pieces together while I was away and now is hanging in my bathroom, keeping all my travel goodies together ready for my next trip and on hand if I want them in the meantime.

Tisserand Lavender Rollerball

A blend of lavender and chamomile essential oils this is great for relieving headaches, aids sleep and is soothing on spots, stings or bites. I carry it around with me everywhere in my makeup bag.

Mòa, the green balm or as I call it miracle balm

Although I really liked all these products, the one that impressed me the most was the Mòa mini balm. While the lavender rollerball did help soothe my mosquito bites, mòa was even better. This little pot is crammed full of organic yarrow and other natural ingredients that can be used, I’m told, on even the most sensitive skin. It is said to be great for a long list of things from soothing new tattoos, chasing away cold sores, fading stretch marks after pregnancy and a whole host of other uses. While I wasn’t going to get a tattoo or get pregnant to test out all the claims, the one thing I did test it on thoroughly was the mosquito bites, which are usually incredibly itchy. This little pot stopped all itching and I’m sure they faded much quicker than normal. I always get bitten by something or other wherever I go and this was the best thing by a mile that I’ve ever tried (so I’m tempted to believe the other claims too).

Leather Journal

I also took with me one of their leatherbound journals which are both fair-trade and eco-friendly. I loved writing down my memories from the day each evening and I stuck in a few postcards, made a few sketches and pressed some flowers in there too. So much more romantic than typing up a few notes on my iPad and a lovely keepsake of my travels in Africa!

Travel Journal

June Giveaway

If you would like to try some of their products for yourself enter my June Giveaway by subscribing to my newsletter (under ‘Keep in touch’ top right), visiting their website and leaving a comment here saying which Girls’ Travel Club item (not listed above) you’d most like to try. A winner will be selected at random and emailed a £20 voucher from Girls Travel Club. Sorry to my non-Brit followers but I’m afraid this one is only open to UK residents. Closing date: Sunday 30th  June at noon (British Summer Time).


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